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Bill Murray reads poetry by Lucille Clifton

In a recent PBS Newshour video story, legendary actor and comedian Bill Murray reads Lucille Clifton's poem "what the mirror said" at a Poets House benefit. Also in the video, Murray discusses the power of the poem, and the importance of poetry in his life.

“Bill Murray loves poetry," says PBS. "He loves poetry so much he trades comedic one-liners for lines of poetry at a yearly benefit for Poets House, a nonprofit library and cultural center in New York City.”

Of Clifton’s poem, Murray says: “I used to be able to look in the mirror and see who’s there, and sometimes it’s a reminder that there’s no one there at all—there’s not very much there—and sometimes there’s someone that gives me confidence. And I feel that that poem is about someone who has an inner self-confidence that’s bigger—that can’t be contained in the frame of a mirror.”

Click here for the complete story from PBS Newshour: "Why Bill Murray get up to recite poetry every year."

"What the mirror said" was published in The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010, available now at the BOA Bookstore.

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